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What are the Warning Signs of Kidney and Urinary Tract Diseases?

  •  High blood pressure
  • Protein and/or blood in the urine

  • Creatinine and BUN blood tests outside the normal range*

  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of less than 90**

  • More frequent urination, particularly at night; difficult or painful urination

  • Puffiness around eyes, swelling of hands and feet


* BUN and creatinine are wastes that build up in the blood when your kidney function is reduced.

** GFR (a measure of kidney function) is estimated from a blood creatinine test. In some people, a GFR of 60 to 89 may be normal.

Updated: 05/14/04


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